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Our Guatemala – Central American Specialities birding tour takes us to this fantastic Central American country, where we will find ourselves surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and fabulous highland lakes while searching for some very special birds. While this region is probably best known for its shade coffee productions, local people have developed a strong environmental bond and an understanding of ecotourism, which has resulted in much of the remaining highland forest being protected. Even the coffee fincas offer superb Guatemala birding! At this time of year Guatemala teems with northern migrants, but we will also search for a host of special residents that include the incomparable Resplendent Quetzal, cute Pink-headed Warbler, Fulvous Owl, Rufous Sabrewing, Blue-throated Motmot, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Prevost’s Ground Sparrow and the localized Azure-rumped Tanager. A day will be devoted to hiking the slopes of the impressive San Pedro Volcano in search of one of the world’s most prized birds: the fabulous Horned Guan.
Our post-tour Tikal Extension not only takes time to explore the remarkable Mayan ruins that dominate this region, but also targets such highly sought-after species as the glittering Ocellated Turkey, Orange-breasted Falcon, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Mexican Antthrush, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Northern Royal Flycatcher and the impressive Great Curassow. Our Guatemala birding tours are one of a kind and not to be missed!
Our extensive Ultimate Belize, Guatemala and Honduras tour takes us to the essential biding locations of these Central American countries. Tiny Belize, the only English-speaking Central American nation, supports the highest density of Jaguar known to man and claims the world’s second largest barrier reef. We start in the famed Crooked Tree Sanctuary, where opportunities for many Yucatan endemics abound. We then traverse to higher elevation for time in the cloudforest, pine forest, and a unique opportunity for several highland specials including Slate-colored Solitaire, Black-headed Siskin, Rusty Sparrow, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, and a wonderful opportunity to see both Stygian Owl and the regal Orange-breasted Falcon.
Crossing into Guatemala, we take in the remarkable Mayan temple complexes and cities that dominate the region of Petén. Here we target such highly sought-after species as the remarkable Ocellated Turkey, Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Mayan Antthrush, Northern Royal Flycatcher and the impressive Great Curassow!
Leaving Guatemala behind, we move into Honduras, one of Central America’s best kept birding and wildlife secrets. A biodiversity hotspot that supports more than 700 bird species. We will first take some time to explore the remarkable Mayan ruins at Copán, once a major Mayan dynastic kingdom and of prime archaeological importance for its numerous, well-preserved hieroglyphic texts that adorn its remaining monuments. Our tour draws to a close at one of the most spectacular eco-lodges on the planet: Pico Bonito Lodge! The bird list will be as impressive as the grounds and cuisine, including such gems as Keel-billed and Tody Motmot, Keel-billed Toucan, Lovely Cotinga, Chestnut-coloured Woodpecker, Red-capped Mannikin, White Hawk, King Vulture, Black-and-white Owl, and too many other fantastic species to list here! We shall also visit the Honduran Emerald Reserve in the Aguan Valley for the only true endemic to the region, the glittering little hummer after which the reserve is named.